Hill of Banchory

Working together to prepare today’s children for the challenges of tomorrow.

July 4, 2019
by Mrs Peter

Pond dippers in Nursery

Well this was a first for HOB Nursery, pond dipping and what fun we had. We walked to a nearby stream and we listened intently to the safety briefing!! It took a little while to master the walking in the water with stones underfoot. The children were equipped in waterproofs and wellies so although we had a few “water sit downs” and splashes it was only our socks that got wet when the water splashed over the top of our wellies. The game we played to build our water confidence was “ hunt the painted stone “ and all the children retrieved one. We used natural resources to fit in with our surroundings. We then started “ dipping “ checking side areas where the water flow is slower and there is more chance of living creatures. We analysed our findings checking the charts to identify, water beetles, spiders, shrimps and larvae. We returned all our finds to their natural habitat. Thank you so much to our mummy helpers and well done to all our “water explorers”.

Thank you again to all our helpers and happy holidays to all our children and families.

July 4, 2019
by Mrs Grahamslaw

P4/5 welcomed one of their Famous Five… Andrew Considine

P4/5 have been finding out what it takes to be successful. The have been researching five famous people who interested them. They started with Aberdonian and world famous percussionist Evelyn Glennie. Then through their outdoor learning explored skills Bear Grylls uses and found out more about him. Buddhism and the beginnings of the religion led them to hear stories about Buddha our fourth famous person. Finally P4/5 researched local hero Aberdeen Football player Andrew Considine. His story inspired us to think about how we can all be successful and the skills and determination it requires. Andrew was kind enough to come in to class and answer the questions prepared and sign some autographs.

May 23, 2019
by Mrs Morgan

P2M Numeracy through PE

This morning we were developing our throwing skills. We practised under arm throwing and were trying to improve our aim and be more accurate.



Then we applied our measurement skills to find out how many metres we had covered. We worked as a team to measure as accurately as possible. We were challenged to try measuring in metres and centimetres to be even more accurate.  Next week we will be using our measurement skills to measure how far we can throw a javelin!




May 23, 2019
by Mrs Read

P7R investigate drugs and their effects with PC Crawford

PC Crawford led a very informative workshop about drugs and their effects with P7R. They looked at the definition of a drug:

“A drug is a substance other than food that can change how your body works, how you think , feel or behave.”

They explored 4 categories of drugs: over the counter medicines, prescribed drugs, socially acceptable drugs (caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes) and controlled illegal drugs.  They discussed stimulants, depressants and hallucinogenic drugs, examining who was qualified to be handling drugs. PC Crawford explained the penalties for possession and supply of class A, B and C drugs.

P7R were amazing at asking questions.




May 23, 2019
by Mrs Curry

Police Scotland visit

P7C had an informative visit from PC Crawford exploring drugs. The children began by working in groups to work out the definition of a drug.
They continued to learn about laws and penalties, categories and the main effects of drugs.

We have been learning about drugs, including illegal drugs, prescribed drugs and the effects on drugs. It was interesting when we learnt about the hallucination effect of drugs but I felt sorry for those people under hallucinations. Niamh

We have had an educational session about drugs with pc Crawford! It has taught us about loads of drugs, including illegal drugs, prescribed drugs and over the counter drugs. We have also learnt the effects of the ilegal drugs. Jake B

Today we were learning about drugs. He has taught us all about different drugs and how dangerous they can be. I found it really interesting. Oliver

PC Crawford gave us a really inspiring talk on drugs and it made me more aware about how to use them and the consequences if you do use them. Now I know to always read the labels of sprays and deodorants and to not use them in small unventilated rooms. Ethan C


May 19, 2019
by Mrs Rough

Visit from Andrew Bowie MP

On Friday P6R had the opportunity to quiz the Right Honourable Andrew Bowie, our local MP.  He came to visit us in response to our letters about government action on climate change.  The children asked brilliant, thoughtful questions ranging from Brexit, to Climate Change to favourite colours!  We learnt lots about democracy and our political system.

May 17, 2019
by Mrs Grahamslaw

Outdoor Learning

P4/5 have been learning in the woods. We have been looking and listening in the woods,  measuring trees, identifying different colours, thinking about textures in the woods, coming up with descriptive language,  building dens and thinking about the creatures of the woods. Thank you to our parent helpers who make our Outdoor Learning possible.    

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